Last night I was waiting with baited breath ( as I am sure you were also) while the Mets waited patiently for their turn to make their selection( 13th pick over all) in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
There was little surprise that Gerrit Cole was selected at number one by the Pirates. I admit that I was a bit elated when Taylor Jungmann was taken at number 12 by the Brewers.
But I have to admit, even though I heard the Mets were high on Brandon Nimmo, I didn’t think he would be their first overall pick. Honestly I was hoping the Mets would have used their top chip to draft Sonny Gray – the hard throwing flamethrower from Vanderbilt. I feel that he was more of a sure thing than Nimmo is ( a kid whose state doesn’t have a organized high school baseball team).
I admit that aside from the fact that he is already suffering from tendinitis of the knee, I like the kids upside. I just feel that this team needs pitching in the worst way, and that they would go with a prospect who could be projected to be on the fast track to Citi Field in the next two years or so.
But hey that’s why they pay Sandy Alderson and Paul Depodesta the big money I guess.
Am I upset ? How can I be, this kid has yet to play in one game for the Mets so I can’t pass judgement until he fails. Obviously I hope he succeeds – like we all should.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include :
Back up first baseman/outfielder from the ’96-’97 seasons, Roberto Petagine is 40 (1971).
Reserve outfielder from ’02-’04, Esix Snead. He is 35 (1976).
The New York Mets signed free agent shortstop, Bud Harrelson on June 7, 1963. Bud went on to have a long productive career with the Mets. He later on became a coach – them manager for the Mets. He is currently the part owner of the Long Island Ducks baseball team of the Independent League.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Hank Webb in the 10th round of the free agent draft on June 7, 1968. He pitched for the Mets from ’72-’76- mostly as a reliever. He finished his Mets career with a record of 7-9 with a E.R.A of 4.42.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Charlie Williams inthe seventh round of the free agent draft on June 7, 1968. Williams is best known as the player who the San Francisco Giants received in return for Willie Mays .
The New York Mets selected infielder, Tim Foli in the first round (first pick overall) of the the free agent draft on June 7, 1968. He was the prime chip in the trade that sent him along with Ken Singleton and Mike Jorgenson tot he Montreal Expos for future Mets icon, Rusty Staub. He would briefly return tot he Mets in 1979, but would soon be dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Frank Taveras.
The New York Mets selected outfielder, John Milner in 14th round of the free agent draft on June 7, 1968. Milner – when healthy- was a offensive force for the Mets. But unfortunately he was traded before he ever truly reached his potential.
The New York Mets selected outfielder, Mookie Wilson in the second round of the free agent draft on June 7, 1977. Mookie is one of the most beloved players in Mets history. He is currently their first base coach.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Brent Gaff in sixth round of the free agent draft on June 7, 1977.
The New York Mets selected second baseman, Wally Backman in the first round (16th pick overall) of the free agent draft on June 7, 1977. Wally was a pivotal member of the Mets of the early to late ’80′s. He is currently the manager of their AA team in Binghamton N.Y.
The New York Mets traded minor league pitcher, Jesse Anderson to the Chicago White Sox for outfielder, Claudell Washington on June 7, 1980. Claudell would only play one season with the Mets before bolting to the Atlanta Braves via free agency that off season.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Mickey Weston in the 12th round of the free agent draft on June 7, 1982.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Randy Myers in the free agent draft on June 7, 1982. Talk about the one we let get away. Meyers was traded by the Mets to the Reds because he didn’t get along with then wunderkind – Gregg Jefferies. Before he was traded he was a good relief pitcher who was supposed to replace Jesse Orosco as the Mets closer. After he left he was one of the top relievers of the ’90′s. And as for Jefferies ? Well he wore out his welcome faster than you can say Jason Bay !
The New York Mets selected catcher, Barry Lyons in the 15th round of the free agent draft on June 7, 1982. He would become the back up catcher for the Mets of the late ’80′s.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Roger McDowell in the third round of the free agent draft on June 7, 1982. He was a cutup , and he was quite possible the best relievers the Mets have ever had.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Dwight Gooden in the first round (fifth pick overall) of the free agent draft on June 7, 1982. What can you say that has not already been said about the Doctor ? He is the second best pitcher behind Tom Seaver to come out of the Mets system. During his heyday with the Mets it was always electric when he took the mound – whether it was at She Stadium or at the oppositions ballpark.
The New York Mets selected outfielder, Nick Evans in the fifth round of the free agent draft on June 7, 2004. Evans is currently languishing on the Mets bench.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Philip Humber in the first round (third pick overall) of the free agent draft on June 7, 2004. Humber was one of the top pitching prospects in the Mets farm system when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana in ’07.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Mike Pelfrey in the first round (ninth pick overall) of the free agent draft on June 7, 2005. Pelfrey has been nothing short of an enigma during his tenure here with the Mets. He has has both sustained sucess but he has also shown a penchant to meltdown at the most mundane times. If he is every able to tackle his demons he should be a good middle of the rotation pitcher – not as the number 1 that he was projected as.
The New York Mets selected Bobby Parnell in the ninth round of the free agent draft on June 7, 2005. Bobby has been hit or miss since being promoted to the big team in ’09. At times he has looked like he is the heir apparent to the Francisco Rodriguez, but lately he has reminded us more of Aaron Heilmann.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Jon Niese in the seventh round of the free agent draft on June 7, 2005. Jon, alongside Dillon Gee, have proved to be the most reliable pitchers in this seasons starting rotation.
The New York Mets selected catcher, Josh Thole in the 13th round of the free agent draft on June 7, 2005. Josh has been pretty shaky as the Mets primary catcher this season, but it seems like he has settled down both at and behind the dish.
The New York Mets selected pitcher Eddie Kunz in the first round (42nd pick overall) of the free agent draft on June 7, 2007. Kunz was probably the best example of how bad Omar Minaya’s draft philosophy was. He was converted into a closer and pretty much stunk the joint up. He was traded this past off season to the San Diego Padres for one time top prospect Allan Dykstra.
Damn I was hoping the Mets would have drafted Mo Vaughn Jr.It is not common knowledge but Mo Vaughn Jr’s mother is none other than Shirley Hemphill of “Whats Happening ?” fame !!!